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Old 12-28-2004, 04:14 AM   #11
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Default Re: So how do you actually turn a motorcycle?

There's plenty of snow in the Wasatch this year, so far. The resorts opened early.



It's 40 degrees today! Wonderful. So do I go riding? Nah! Gotta change the intake manifold gaskets on the K2500. Dammed red antifreeze eats the gaskets.. grumble grumble. If anyone owns a newer car with that stupid red antifreeze, get the system purged and the old green stuff put in before it wrecks something. GM @$$holes.....
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Old 12-28-2004, 04:43 AM   #12
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I don't worry about any of this stuff. I just hang on and hope for the best. Worked so far!
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Old 12-28-2004, 06:05 AM   #13
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When I learned to ride a motorbike, I started out just like I rode my bicycle. I'm sure we all started out the same. When you lean in the direction of the turn you put a little pressure on the that side of the bar and over she goes. That worked for the machines and speeds we rode.



The bikes in my day didn't let you steer hard. The tires were skinny and most were ridden until nearly bald. The suspensions were stiff. Steering head bearings often went loose and it wasn't unusual to eventually have a little wobbel in the rear end as well. It was real important to keep up on the mainenance.



I remember when old guys on chopped Harleys were among the fastest riders around. We were new riders and just learning new skills.



It's all changed. Now we talk about steering on the internet!
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Old 12-28-2004, 06:15 AM   #14
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F#@k, I've got that in my van and my Trumpy, are you talking about the Dexron 111? It's supposed to be silicate free 150k mile all that good stuff.



Is your Blazer an older one? my 2000 Venture uses neoprene O rings on everything I've had apart, maybe it don't work with older 350's with paper gaskets.



It's about 25 outside clear and frosty, it's been high 20's and low 30's and foggy all week which is one of the few conditions I won't ride in if I don't have to. Too much black ice and frozen visors.
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Old 12-28-2004, 06:23 AM   #15
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I never really think about it either, I just pretty much point the bike in the direction I want to go and keep cranking till it get's there.



I just figured the bike read my mind or something.....
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Old 12-28-2004, 06:33 AM   #16
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Old school choppers were pretty fast, on mine that's where the money went. As long as you didn't get carried away with the forks and stretched the frame to compensate they handled pretty good. I did run Conti's on a 19" single disc front so that helped. God knows rivited shoes on a rigid frame drum brake didn't do much
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Old 12-28-2004, 06:44 AM   #17
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Hey Sarnali, I'm am checking out a deal on a Triumph chop project bike. You know, the REAL Triumphs from Meriden! LOL. Looks to be a 72 5 speed Bonnie engine like I had a long time ago in a 70 frame. Looks a bit rough from what I see so far, but it's cheap and will make a nice budget chopper. Triumps are still under the radar for the Jesse James/OCC crowd. Should be interesting.
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Old 12-28-2004, 06:49 AM   #18
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Default Omigod, physicists argue? Say it ain't so.

I admit, I am stunned. I thought this was all just math. I won't be blaming my next crash on physics. Not if they can't agree. I guess i will be out there looking for some other reasons my bike won't work right.

I have to get back to my dog eared copy of the Dancing Wu Li Masters to see if countersteering is subject to randomness.

If I shine a light through a prism will I be able to dynamite the brakes in turn 2 at Pacific in time to stay on line? That's the question that's been bugging me. So far I'm 0 for 2. But I will keep experimenting for the good of science.

What is the difference between real physics and quantum mechanics. And can a quantum mechanic fix my oil leak?

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Old 12-28-2004, 06:49 AM   #19
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All I know is that the red stuff is noted for eating the intake manifold gaskets on the 350 small blocks. Several mechanics have told me to replace the red stuff with the old ethyl glycol antifreeze. Wish I'd known that a few years ago.



I'm sure it doesn't help that the manifold is plastic now. Good old American ingenuity.



Be careful though. If there is any red stuff left it turns to a solid goo when it mixes with the green stuff. I mixed the two in a drip pan as an experiment and did in fact get a yellowish goo as a result. So get the old stuff completely flushed out first.



I'm sure that as soon as I get the manifold done it'll snow again. At least I got my Magna out for a bit this AM before starting on the truck.



Remember: There is no such thing as "idiot proof". There is only "idiot resistant". The ingenuity of idiots knows no bounds.
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Old 12-28-2004, 06:52 AM   #20
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A guy I know has a '57 Triumph Thunderbird for sale. It's in pieces. He swears it was running when he bought it and only tore it down to paint it and lost interest. What a deal! it might be a wonderful an experience as that Magna I got cheap.
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